497B Massachusetts Ave Cambridge; (617) 492-9900
Sounds like some sort of flag-waving eatery, all hot dogs and apple pie, right? Not. Located in a Central Square basement, this cool cafe mixes eye-popping espresso drinks, sandwiches and pastries, books, art and the Internet Opened in early 95 by three young techno-restaurateurs, the name reflects their belief in freedom of access to the Info Superhighway; this on-ramp isn’t quite ftee, but it’s relatively inexpensive. See the listing under Entertainment Readings and Literary Events for more details.
Along with the Net, various coffees and teas are brewed up. Exotic coffee drinks go for around $3 like most coffee bars but you get a deep ceramic mug filled right up to the top, and each concoction is made with two espresso shots. That is, unless you order Black Death six shots of espresso, period. What a way to go. There are also non-caf choices like Chai tea and steamed cider. The limited but tasty food menu offers turkey or veggie sandwiches for $3.75; homemade soups ($3.25) in sourdough bread bowls; individual pizzas ($3); plus fresh cakes and muffins.
It’s all found in an attractive, artsy setting. Large murals and backlit ceiling panels reflect mystical influences from Eastern and Western traditions. Sit at Euro-modern tables, or sink into a futon couch, and read the day’s papers. The computer area, known as The Cave, has papier-mache walls which make it look like just that complete with Native American drawings carved in. Another area, in a nod to the low-tech past, features a selection of books for your reading pleasure, as well as a vintage Royal manual typewriter.
And there’s more! Live entertainment takes place on Monday evenings with no cover charge an eclectic mix of open-mike music, poetry, and plays. The place is hopping most every night especially with all the other nightclubs in the area; daytimes are mellow and relaxed. Open daily from 10 A.M. all the way to 1 a.m. Oh yes, and you can reach them on the World Wide Web at http://www.cafeliberty.com. Surf’s up!
Boston Sail Loft
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge; (617) 225-2222
80 Atlantic Ave. Boston; (617) 227-7280
See the listing under Boston.
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